The Co-Create Series

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We’ve invited six of Australia’s brightest creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. It’s a new medium for most of them to work with and one which will stretch their imaginations to places they’ve never gone to before.

The featured Australian artists in this Co-Create Content Series are:

Rod Smith

Rod Smith

Formerly of musical collective, Firekites, now of North Arm fame.

Yiying Lu

Creative being, did art work for Disney and Conan O’Brien, best known as the illustrator of the ubiquitous Twitter Fail Whale.

Victoria Garcia

Textile designer and artist.


Michael Corridore

Artist and photographer, and a Cannes Gold Lion winner.

Mulga The Artist

Artist, illustrator and poet.

James Jirat Patradoon

Artist and illustrator.


Their original content creations will be mixed in amongst a regular series of curated posts playing on themes that will have you rethinking the way you look at ubiquitous objects or ideas. There is, after all, always more than meets the eye…

We hope you enjoy this special series of beautiful, inspiring and thought-provoking content presented by our partners at Microsoft.

The Co-Create Series: Mulga The Artist’s illustration inspired by dudes that had animals sculptured into their beards

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Monday 15 December 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator and street artist Mulga The Artist took inspiration from the post about dudes that had animals sculptured into their beards. These are his words about the creative process. [see Mulga’s first two Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created works here and here]

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: A pen that never runs out

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 11 December 2014

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a pen that runs out of ink the moment you’re about to sign a document or jot down an important piece of information. But there’s an awesome pen on the market that will never run out of ink. Ever! Because this pen-the Grand Illusions metal pen-contains no ink at all. Yup, that’s right. Zip, zero ink is needed to write with this pen.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: The Colour Picker Pen

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 9 December 2014

If you’re an artist, you’ll know the frustration of not being able to produce the right colour for a painting or drawing. In fact, you’ve probably spent a good few hours trying to find colours or mix them in the hope that you’ll be able to get that leaf just the right green, but not too light so it looks like spearmint, and not too dark so it looks like a forest green. It has to be just right.

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The Co-Create Series: Mulga The Artist’s illustration inspired by an incredible 180 year-old giant tortoise

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Monday 8 December 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator and street artist Mulga The Artist took inspiration from this post starring Jonathan, the 180 year old giant tortoise!. These are his words about the creative process. [see Mulga’s first Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created work here]

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The Co-Create Series: Yiying Lu’s illustration inspired by a gorilla that wanted to tickle the late, great Robin Williams

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Thursday 4 December 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator Yiying Lu, who has done artwork for Disney and Conan O’Brien, and is well-known as the creator of the ubiquitous Twitter Fail Whale, took inspiration from this post about a gorilla that wanted to tickle the late, great Robin Williams. These are her words about the creative process. [See Yiying Lu’s other Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created work here and here]

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: the Pendragon, a pen that comes in four parts

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 4 December 2014

The Pendragon is one mother of a concept pen. It’s been created in four parts, with a nib, central unit, end part, and expandable units so it can be transformed into any kind of pen the user wants, at a moment’s notice. The nib can be changed into a ballpoint pen, fountain pen, mechanical pencil, or even a digital pen for your tablet.

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Tim Berners-Lee, the father/founder of the world wide web

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 2 December 2014

These days we probably couldn’t imagine life without the Internet, and we’ve got one man to thank for it: Tim Berners-Lee. Contrary to popular belief (or unpopular belief), it was not Al Gore who invented the Internet, but rather an Oxford University graduate who was working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Lab, when he invented the world wide web in 1989, an ‘internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing’.

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The Co-Create Series: Yiying Lu’s illustration inspired by a Bahamas beach where pigs and people swim together

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Monday 1 December 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator Yiying Lu, who has done artwork for Disney and Conan O’Brien, and is well-known as the creator of the ubiquitous Twitter Fail Whale, took inspiration from this post about a beach in the Bahamas where pigs and people swim together. These are her words about the creative process. [See Yiying Lu’s other Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created work here and here]

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Clyfford Still, the pioneer of the abstract impressionist movement

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 27 November 2014

Abstract expressionism is mentioned and you immediately think of artists such as Jackson Pollock or Wassily Kandinsky. But there’s one painter who was the leader of the movement but who never really got the fame and glory he deserved: Clyfford Still.

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Need a trusting, flexible sidekick for your heist? Here’s the perfect tool

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By Nicole Hughes in Tech on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Like comic books and films have taught us for ages: when you’re planning your heist, it’s important to be agile and flexible. Why? Well, once you have the ridiculously pricey piece of art, or highly-valued diamond, you’ve got to be able to jump over and under all of the security measures put in place. [Check out our Co-Create series inspired by the new Surface Pro 3]

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The Co-Create Series: Victoria Garcia’s illustration inspired by an ant coated dinnerware collection

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Wednesday 26 November 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, textile artist Victoria Garcia, who was featured in a Lost At E Minor video back in 2013, took inspiration from these illustrations of ants on a plate. Of course!. These are her words about the creative process. [see Victoria’s other Co-Create works here, here, and here]

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Aussie John O’Sullivan, the inventor of Wi-Fi

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Been car hunting lately? If you have, you’ll know that vehicles now come with built-in wi-fi, something that, until a few years ago, seemed impossible. But now cars and trucks are outfitted with their own wi-fi hotspots, giving us access to the Internet wherever we choose to travel. And we’ve got an Aussie to thank for this technology!

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The Co-Create Series: Yiying Lu’s illustration inspired by Superheroes Made Even More Superb with Hello Kitty Makeovers

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Thursday 20 November 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator Yiying Lu, who has done artwork for Disney and Conan O’Brien, and is well-known as the creator of the ubiquitous Twitter Fail Whale, took inspiration from this Superheroes Made Even More Superb with Hello Kitty Makeovers. These are her words about the creative process. [See Yiying Lu’s first Microsoft Surface Pro 3 created work here]

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Mary Phelps Jacob held the first patent for the modern bra

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 20 November 2014

Think you have Victoria and her secrets to thank for that wonderbra? Not so fast! Before Victoria’s Secret was even around and before any of us gals knew what a bra was, there was Mary Phelps Jacob, more popularly known as Caresse Crosby.

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Ah ha! This is the perfect kind of tech to make student dating easier

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By Nicole Hughes in Video on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Dating for gents: The Pick-up. Studying in the library together, you finally got the nerve to ask that hot girl in your Biology 101 class for her phone number. She writes it on a Post-it and passes it over. You got it! When you go to check your pocket for the note, it’s gone. Tragedy! [Check out our Co-Create series inspired by the new Surface Pro 3]

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Juan Gris, an influential artist of the Cubist movement

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Visit any art museum and you’ll most likely find a section dedicated to cubism with famous works by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. This art movement has been called one of the most influential visual styles of the early twentieth century. But there’s one man who hardly gets a mention in this genre: Juan Gris. You might be surprised to learn that it is Gris’ art that is among the cubist movement’s most distinctive, with one of his works, Nature morte à la nappe à carreaux, auctioning off for a whopping $57.1 million.

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Hymen Lipman created the modern pencil by attaching an eraser at the end of it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Friday 14 November 2014

Hymen Lipman might have had an unfortunate name, but this man unleashed great creativity back in 1858 with his U.S. Patent 19,783. It was a patent registering the very first pencil with an attached eraser. Before then, pencils only came without erasers, but this man’s genius idea sparked a business idea that soon most pencil manufacturers were employing.

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The Co-Create Series: Mulga The Artist’s illustration inspired by awkwardly sitting cats

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By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Thursday 13 November 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, illustrator and street artist Mulga The Artist took inspiration from this post featuring photos of awkwardly cats sitting. These are his words about the creative process.

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Charles Tait, creator of the first ever feature film

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By Rachel Oakley in New Film on Thursday 13 November 2014

Into movies? Then you’ll appreciate who made the very first full length feature film. It was Charles Tait, the writer and director of The Story of the Kelly Gang, first shown in 1906.

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Illustrators Gus Arteaga and Jasper Wong collaborate inspired by the beauty of Honolulu

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By Nicole Hughes in New Illustration on Wednesday 12 November 2014

We are in awe of this artistic collaboration between Gus Arteaga (Zeich) and Jasper Wong who met in Hawaii to create an amazing illustration done entirely on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In an extensive write-up about this wonderful meeting of minds on Deviant Art, it was noted that while in Honolulu ‘Gustavo and Jasper took in the scenery and added to their growing Illustrator canvas’. [Check out our Co-Create series inspired by the new Surface Pro 3]

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